When the girls began eating baby food at four months old, we started blessing each meal. Giving thanks. Sure they didn’t have a clue, but it was about getting in the routine. Setting a precedent.
Remember that simple mealtime blessing?
“God is Great, God is Good.
Let us thank Him for our food.
By His hands we all are fed,
Give us Lord our daily bread.
We could have chosen to go with that. It says what needs to be said.
Thankful for the substance.
Thankful for the Source.
It certainly is easier than what we came up with, but we wanted to make a prayer that included remembering those who do without. Reminding us that we have a responsibility to them too.
10 Feed the hungry and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as day.
11 The LORD will guide you continually, watering your life when you are dry and keeping you healthy, too. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.
12 Your children will rebuild the deserted ruins of your cities. Then you will be known as the people who rebuild their walls and cities.
(Isaiah 58:10-12, NLT)
So, helping those in need is what keeps the blessings flowing your way. Sow first, then reap. It’s the natural order of things.
You make the world around you a better place.
Good health is given to you.
You establish a legacy for yourself and a purpose for your children.
I’ll share our mealtime prayer. Feel free to use it in your home.
“Heavenly Father, thank You for this food.
Bless it so it makes us healthy and strong;
We will not take it for granted.
Bless us as we continue to bless others in need.
In Jesus’ Name, we pray.
Never have we forced our girls to fold their hands in a posture of prayer. Never have we told them to bow their heads. We just do it ourselves.
My heart leaped with love and joy just a few days ago (after almost 20 months) when each one started “praying” before I did. Not one word did I understand…except “Amen.” But, God…He heard every word.
Yep, that’s what makes a Blessed Mom happy. Willing and grateful little hearts.
Do you give grace at your home? Got another blessing you say? Share it in the comments below.
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